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Sunday 18 March 2018

Aer Lingus to axe 150 jobs in redundancy scheme

Airline says move has nothing to do with €1.4bn bid from IAG

Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus
Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

AER Lingus is expecting to cut 150 jobs in its latest voluntary severance scheme.

The airline, which said the scheme has nothing to do with a bid for it from British Airways owner IAG, has written to Jobs minister Richard Bruton informing him of the move.

In the letter, Aer Lingus director of HR Brian Bowden, said the airline will look for about 150 redundancies between head office, IT, cabin crew and maintenance at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.

The airline employs about 3,900 people.

"Further restructuring will see potentially up to a further 120 voluntary and agreed severances where roles may then be replaced at a lower level or cost by new hires," he said in the letter.

The redundancies will take effect from 1 March to 31 December.

It is understood that the airline could achieve savings 20pc across departments by replacing longer-serving, better paid staff by new entrants on lower wages.

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